2003 European Sevens Championship

The 2003 European Sevens Championship was a rugby sevens competition, with the final held in Heidelberg, Germany (16 / 17 August 2003). It was the second edition of the European Sevens championship. This event was organised by rugby's European governing body, the FIRA – Association of European Rugby (FIRA-AER). In the final Portugal beat France 26 - 21.[1]

2003 European Sevens Championship
Host nationGermany Germany
Date16–17 August 2003
Cup
Champion Portugal
Runner-up France
Third Georgia
2002
2004


QualificationEdit

Nine one-day qualifying rugby sevens competitions took place in Amsterdam, Netherlands (17 May 2003), Prague, Czech Republic (24 May 2003), Lunel, France (24 May 2003), Sopot, Poland (31 May 2003), Makarska, Croatia (7 June 2003), Madrid, Spain (14 June 2003), Lisbon, Portugal (21 June 2003), Budapest, Romania (28 June 2002), and Tbilisi, Georgia (28 June 2003).[2] Following these competitions twelve teams consisting of Georgia, France, Portugal, Germany, Scotland, Croatia, Romania, Ukraine, Poland, Spain, Czech Republic, and Netherlands were deemed to have qualified for the European Sevens Championship hosted in Heidelberg, Germany (16-17 August 2003).[3] However, before the tournament commenced Scotland withdrew and Switzerland replaced them.[4]

HeidelbergEdit

Event Winners Score Finalists Semifinalists
Cup   Portugal 26–21   France   Georgia (Third)
  Germany
Plate   Ukraine 27–7   Netherlands   Spain (Seventh)
  Croatia
Bowl   Poland 31–24   Czech Republic   Romania (Eleventh)
  Switzerland


Pool StageEdit

Key to colours in group tables
Teams that advanced to the Cup Semifinal
Teams advanced to the Plate Semifinal
Teams advanced to the Bowl semifinal

Pool AEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Georgia 5 4 0 1 128 43 +85 13
  Germany 5 4 0 1 137 69 +68 13
  Spain 5 4 0 1 105 53 +52 13
  Croatia 5 2 0 3 62 86 –24 9
  Poland 5 1 0 4 55 100 –45 7
  Switzerland 5 0 0 5 34 170 –136 5


16 August 2003   Croatia 29–0   Switzerland  
12:00
16 August 2003   Germany 19–12   Poland  
12:40
16 August 2003   Georgia 10–12   Spain  
13:20
16 August 2003   Poland 21–17   Switzerland  
14:00
16 August 2003   Croatia 7–22   Spain  
14:40
16 August 2003   Georgia 26–12   Germany  
15:20
16 August 2003   Spain 38–0   Switzerland  
16:00
16 August 2003   Georgia 26–12   Poland  
16:40
16 August 2003   Germany 28–7   Croatia  
17:20
16 August 2003   Poland 0–19   Spain  
18:00
16 August 2003   Germany 42–10   Switzerland  
18:40
16 August 2003   Georgia 26–0   Croatia  
19:20
17 August 2003   Germany 36–14   Spain  
10:00
17 August 2003   Croatia 19–10   Poland  
10:40
17 August 2003   Georgia 40–7   Switzerland  
11:20

Pool BEdit

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
  Portugal 5 5 0 0 180 26 +154 15
  France 5 4 0 1 132 46 +86 13
  Ukraine 5 3 0 2 98 62 +36 11
  Netherlands 5 2 0 3 67 114 –47 9
  Czech Republic 5 1 0 4 36 144 –108 7
  Romania 5 0 0 5 26 147 –121 5


16 August 2003   Romania 14–21   Netherlands  
12:20
16 August 2003   Portugal 24–14   Ukraine  
13:00
16 August 2003   France 35–5   Czech Republic  
13:40
16 August 2003   Ukraine 22–12   Netherlands  
14:20
16 August 2003   Romania 7–17   Czech Republic  
15:00
16 August 2003   France 5–24   Portugal  
15:40
16 August 2003   Czech Republic 7–24   Netherlands  
16:20
16 August 2003   France 21–7   Ukraine  
17:00
16 August 2003   Portugal 38–0   Romania  
17:40
16 August 2003   Ukraine 31–0   Czech Republic  
18:20
16 August 2003   Portugal 47–0   Netherlands  
19:00
16 August 2003   France 47–0   Romania  
19:40
17 August 2003   Portugal 47–7   Czech Republic  
10:20
17 August 2003   Romania 5–24   Ukraine  
11:00
17 August 2003   France 24–10   Netherlands  
11:40

Knockout stageEdit

BowlEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
17 August 2003 – 12:40
 
 
  Poland12
 
17 August 2003 – 15:20
 
  Romania7
 
  Poland31
 
17 August 2003 – 13:00
 
  Czech Republic24
 
  Czech Republic33
 
 
  Switzerland5
 
Eleventh Place
 
 
17 August 2003 – 15:00
 
 
  Romania24
 
 
  Switzerland5

PlateEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
17 August 2003 – 13:20
 
 
  Spain12
 
17 August 2003 – 15:45
 
  Netherlands17
 
  Netherlands7
 
17 August 2003 – 13:40
 
  Ukraine27
 
  Ukraine22
 
 
  Croatia5
 
Seventh Place
 
 
17 August 2003 – 16:05
 
 
  Spain15
 
 
  Croatia12

CupEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
17 August 2003 – 14:00
 
 
  Georgia10
 
17 August 2003 – 16:50
 
  France32
 
  France21
 
17 August 2003 – 14:20
 
  Portugal26
 
  Portugal31
 
 
  Germany7
 
Third Place
 
 
17 August 2003 – 16:30
 
 
  Georgia28
 
 
  Germany24

StandingsEdit

Rank Team
    Portugal
    France
    Georgia
4   Germany
5   Ukraine
6   Netherlands
7   Spain
8   Croatia
9   Poland
10   Czech Republic
11   Romania
12   Switzerland

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ European VII Circuit 2003 FIRA-AER: SAS European Sevens Finals Heidelberg 2003 Standings preliminary round. Archived 11 December 2003. Retrieved via archive.org 21 September 2018
  2. ^ FIRA-AER Rugby Flash Info (December 2002) Page 3. Archived 17 February 2014. Retrieved via archive.org on 21 September 2018)
  3. ^ Competitions Rugby VII Organised by FIRA A.E.R. Season 2002-2003. archived on 20 December 2003. Retrieved from Archive.org on 21 September 2018
  4. ^ European VII Circuit 2003 FIRA-AER: SAS European Sevens Finals Heidelberg 2003 Timetable. Archived 11 December 2003. Retrieved via archive.org 21 September 2018

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